Get 3rd party code online
I have code that is generic enough that others could use it, but there isn't a place to share code.
A sourceforge/launchpad/codeplex-like area (hosted by UW or just a special tag for UW Web Services projects at either site) would be great. A forum would allow for knowledge capture, collaboration, and deduplication of efforts.
Also, as an informatics guy, I really hate forums. They are a crappy kludge of email BBS that don't surface the appropriate information. An immense amount of a new person's time is wasted searching for information and regular member's time is wasted answering questions that have already been asked.
GetSatisfaction has a really awesome (but expensive) workflow that surfaces answers to poster's questions before they are asked, etc. Even if it's not GSFN, a regular forum is only good for die-hards- so you might as well just create a separate Google group and QA site.
That being said, I also ran into weirdness recently with the course schema, the XML, the official spec, and the production code were different because of a bug in producing the XML sample. The documentation itself should have wiki functionality so those sorts of things can be noted.
I would go with GitHub because it will continue to evolve without UW leadership. It will also be more accessible to non-programmers.
I definitely like your idea for sponsoring both a code repro and a forum that supports it.
Currently we have the possibly of using a UW supported SVN repro or GitHub. Just curious if you have some thoughts about one or the other?
Or, if there is a forum/cvs/git repo online, make it more obvious in the various portals and documentation areas.